Departure Date: 12/11/2018
Explore Italy's sophisticated capitals of Venice, Florence and Rome - the beautiful cobblestone squares, centuries' old tradition and historic highlights like the mighty Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa and spectacular Duomo must-visits on your open-air museum tour of this fascinating destination.
1) Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome. After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture. Hotel: Ergife Palace.
2) Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast.
3) Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
This morning leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Umbria and Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord.
4) Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
5) Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)
Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year. Stop and view Juliet's balcony in a courtyard which has become a popular tourist site for the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. Hotel: Antony.
6) Venice Orientation and Free Time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing farewell dinner. Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its brightly coloured houses. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast.
7) Depart Venice (Mestre)
This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast.
6 Nights hotel accommodation, unbeatable Features; 6 nights hotel accommodation, Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences; 6 Buffet breakfasts & 2 Three course dinners; Luxury air-conditioned coach; Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat; Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted; Variety of Optional Experiences, an expert Travel Director and separate driver; All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes; Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
7 Days From R11 250 pps*
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Excludes: flights, airport taxes, meals not specified, items of a personal nature, optional extra tours, tipping. Valid for travel on selected departure dates from November 2018 to March 2019. R3000 deposit secures your Ready To Go Rate and your seat on the trip. CostSaver pricing is subject to change. The price of the holiday will only be confirmed at time of booking. Due to changes in availability and costs any amendment after booking may increase the cost of your holiday which you will be liable for in addition to any amendment fees. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Land arrangements are subject to availability, high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. E&OE.